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Ayrshire / Whatever happened to Matthew MORTON?
« on: Monday 10 May 21 09:12 BST (UK)  »
Matthew was born at Auchinleck, Ayrshire, to James MORTON and Margaret RICHMONT, in 1831.

In the 1861 census Matthew is a police constable at Girvan, Ayrshire, boarding with Eliza MARDOCK.

In 1862 Matthew MORTON, police constable of Ballantrae, had a paternity order awarded against him by the Sheriff Court at Ayr. The case was taken by Jane AITKEN of Catrine, with regard to her son Alexander AITKEN (born 2nd July 1861 at Sorn).

I have not been able to find Matthew MORTON in any records after this. Note - he is not the Matthew MORTON - mother's maiden name RICHMOND - who died at Galston in 1868.

Jane AITKEN went on to marry my great granduncle Thomas FARRELL at Kilmarnock in 1866.

New Zealand Completed Requests / Whatever happened to Mary Watson FERGUSON?
« on: Tuesday 26 November 19 03:36 GMT (UK)  »
Mary was born in about 1853, either in Ayrshire, Scotland, or Victoria, Australia, to Alexander FERGUSON  and Grace WATSON. In 1877 she married John WARD at Kyneton, Victoria. The couple had one child in Victoria, then moved to Southland, New Zealand, where further children were born. Mary had 5 further children with John WARD named as father, and 2 children where she gave the surname MAWER, and named Charles Henry MAWER as father. The last I have found of Mary is in the 1905-06 NZ electoral roll, where she is living with her husband John WARD and two of their sons at Scott St, St Kilda, Dunedin. I have traced the fates of her children, and John WARD died of influenza in 1918, in Dunedin. I have been unable to find a death, or a further marriage, for Mary. Does anyone have ideas for further searching?

New Zealand Completed Requests / A tale of migration and marriage.
« on: Sunday 03 February 19 23:18 GMT (UK)  »
In 1843, my wife's 2nd great grandfather, Thomas BATH, emigrated with his family to Tasmania, where he lived in a place called Buckland. At Buckland, he managed a farm owned by John GATEHOUSE.

About 1852, John WARD and family also emigrated to Tasmania, and were living at Buckland. In 1855 William HOPCROFT arrived in Tasmania, and went to work for John WARD.

In 1859, Thomas's daughter Charlotte married John GATEHOUSE. Also in 1859, the WARD family, and William HOPCROFT left Tasmania for Southland, New Zealand, where John Ward took up land at Gropers Bush.

In 1860, Thomas BATH paid a visit to Southland, where he arranged to go into partnership with William HOPCROFT, in a farm and accomodation house.

In 1862, William HOPCROFT returned to Tasmania, married Thomas's daughter Elizabeth, and then went back to Southland with her.

In 1863, Thomas BATH and family left Tasmania for Southland, and joined William HOPCROFT at Gummies Bush.

In 1864, my wife's great grandfather William WALKER arrived in New Zealand, and went to work for his cousin John WARD.

In 1867, William WALKER married Thomas BATH's daughter Sarah.

Antrim / Where was William DAVIDSON in 1911?
« on: Monday 26 November 18 22:29 GMT (UK)  »
William Davidson was born about 1870. On 8th February 1892 he married Martha MCCULLOUGH at Broughshane. He was of full age, batchelor, living at Ballygelly, and his father was named Hugh.

In 1901, William and Martha were living at Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland, with 2 children, Willie H, born about 1894, Govan; and Jeanie, born May 1st 1895, Govan. (I have Jeanie's birth registration).

On 19th November 1905, Agnes McCullough DAVIDSON was born to William and Martha at Larne, Antrim.

On 6th January 1907, Martha died at Larne, Antrim.

On 3rd March 1908, William Houston DAVIDSON, Full age, widower, living at Larne, father Hugh, married Rose Mary MCMULLAN at the Independant Church, Larne, Antrim.

On the 1911 census, Agnes DAVISON, age 5, is living with her great aunt Nancy MCCULLOUGH at Slemish, Racavan, Antrim.

Of William, Rose, and the two older children, I have found no sign in 1911. I've checked deaths in Ireland and Scotland, censuses, and shipping documents. Where could they be?

World War One / Thomas FARRELL's service in World War 1
« on: Saturday 14 July 18 01:30 BST (UK)  »
My great uncle, Thomas FARRELL, was born at Stevenston, Ayrshire on 18th January 1893. He married in 1912, and there is a corrected entry attached to his marriage, dated October 1918 granting him a divorce. He is noted as "at present serving in His Majesty's forces". I have looked on Ancestry and FindMyPast, but haven't found a medal card or record for him. Where else could I look?

Note - I don't have a sub to FindMyPast - I've checked the search result only.

The Common Room / The latest Ancestry "feature"
« on: Thursday 14 June 18 04:32 BST (UK)  »
When I opened my tree this morning, I noticed there was a new way of giving hints - bilious green boxes, with suggested ancestors.

The Lighter Side / Things one finds on the back of photographs.
« on: Tuesday 29 May 18 04:23 BST (UK)  »
This is the wedding photograph of my wife's maternal grandmother, in 1919.

Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, in 1850. They are two of the 9 children of Jeremiah FARRELL and Ann MUIR, who were married at St Quivox, Ayrshire, in 1829. I have the details of the other 7 children, the youngest of whom is my great grandfather.

I have census information for James, in 1841, and 1851, and then nothing. I have traced the story of a James FARRELL who emigrated to the USA in 1854, and died in New Haven, Connecticut in the 1890s, but there is nothing, apart from his age, to link him to my James. A query on the American Rootschat board was unsuccessful.

I have Mary in censuses up to 1881, but after that, nothing; she may have died, married or emigrated.

Is anyone else here researching this family?

United States of America / Did James FARRELL emigrate to the United States?
« on: Thursday 07 December 17 01:45 GMT (UK)  »
James was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, about 1831, to Jeremiah FARRELL and Ann MUIR or MOORE.
He appears in the 1841, and 1851 censuses, in Scotland, and then I lose track of him.

I searched the American records on Family Search, and found a James FARRELL, aged 24, from Great Britain, arriving in New York in May 1854. With him was Bridget, aged 23.

On February 17th 1855, there is an Ann FARRELL, born to James, from Scotland, and Bridget, from Ireland, at Charlestown in New Hampshire.

In the 1860 census, the family, with 3 more children, Ellen, Mary, and John, is living at Enfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

In 1870, James, with Ann, Ellen, Mary and John, but with a wife called Johanna, and a child, Elizabeth, are living at New Haven, Connecticut. James, Johanna and Elizabeth are at the same place in 1880.

After this, I lose track. I haven't found a death for Bridget, a marriage for James and Johanna, or a death for James - all things that might link me back to the Scottish Farrells.

I think Johanna is living with a daughter and son in law , Timothy CONLEY, in Lewiston Town, Maine, in 1900.

To make things more complicated, There was another couple called James and Johanna FARRELL having children in Connecticut in the 1850s and 1860s. This Johanna was living with her second husband James B BOURKE, in Tolland Connecticut in 1880.

Can anyone help with records to link this James to the Ayrshire Farrell family?

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